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Object Name Sign, Informational
Title Morgans Oratorical Academy
Artist James L. Garvin
Date 1976
Place of Origin Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Description "Morgans Oratical Academy." "In the fall of 1772, William Sampson Morgan, who had previosuly introduced himself in Boston as a "pupil of Signior Giardini," announced his arrival in Portsmouth. Violinist, composer, conductor, and teacher, Morgan was anxious to become the first impresario to conduct a successful theatrical season in Portsmouth... "

"Having previously been ousted from Boston by laws prohibiting dramatic presentations, Morgan sought respectability in Portsmouth by combining his theatrical programs with a school for the polite eduction of children. Morgan's academy building, which stood directly across the street and was the first structure deliberately adapted for music and plays in New Hampshire, was thus significant in both an educational and a theatrical sense..."

PHOTOS:
LEFT: WILLIAM S. MORGAN'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE OPENING OF HIS ACADEMY, FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, 1772.
RIGHT: EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY WOODCUT ILLUSTRATING THE PRECEPT THAT MORGAN ADOPTED AS THE MOTTO OF HIS ACADEMY.
Accession Number 2016.7